First Things First

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey , A. Roger Merrill
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Self Development, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: November 1999
Length: 1 hour, 12 minutes
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"First Things First" is a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. But in the first real breakthrough in time management in years, the authors of "First Things First" apply the insights of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to our daily problems of struggling with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life.

Rather than focusing on time and things, "First Things First" emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness. It tells us:

* Why we feel a gap between how we spend our time and what's deeply important to us

* How focusing on efficiency and control increases the gap instead of closing it

* How to determine if what you're doing is really important -- or only urgent

* How to overcome the tremendous gravity of habit

* How to put people ahead of schedules

* How to lead your life, not just manage your time

Offering a principle-centered approach and the wisdom and insight that made "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" a #1 bestseller, "First Things First" empowers listeners to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives.

Reviews (4)

Simple and to the point

Written by Russell Smith on August 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed the CD, listened to it twice. I was disappointed at first that it was only 1 CD, thinking I had gotten too much of an abridged version. But it turned out to have all the great information, with none of the superfluous stuff, so i really enjoyed it. I've listened to Covey before, and I must say that this title encompassed all of his great ideas into one 1 hour + CD. I give him kudos for getting such great ideas and information, condensed into a simple listen that doesn't take too long to finish, and can be listened to over and over easily.

First Things Frist

Written by br67tb on March 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The CD's were scratched. Needless to say I returned it without listening to the whole book.

First Things First

Written by Anonymous on December 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Already in his previous books. If you've listened to 7 habits and 8th habit, you don't need this.

Boring - nothing new

Written by Oh Books on February 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Mr. Covey is a boring reader. Although the content is interesting and thought provoking, most of it I have heard before.

Author Details

Author Details

Covey, Stephen R.

In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey's newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.

* In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
* A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
* Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
* Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.

Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.

Merrill, A. Roger

A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill are coauthors of the bestselling "First Things First." They enjoy writing and teaching together. In addition, Roger was a cofounder of the Covey Leadership Center. He is involved in the development of personal effectiveness software and consults and teaches in the field of leadership worldwide.